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Lady Wolverines win second consecutive region V championship going unbeaten on region play

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The Lady Wolverines of Woodland won their second consecutive region V AA championship running their region winning streak to 21 consecutive games and again advanced to the third round of the class AA state basketball tournament only to come up short in their quest to get to the Lower State Championship game losing to North Charleston 34-32.

“We all had the expectation to go to the fourth round, however we fell behind early and could not recover. I’m proud of how we fought back into the game,” said head coach Tamara Washington. “We need to be able to make shots down the stretch. Whether it is free throws or layups! We must handle intense situations calmer and more precision if we want to get to the next level.”

Coach Washington continued, “I am proud of these young ladies. Talent wise we match up well with everyone we play but it is the little things that need to be done better. Although we did not get the "W" there were soooo many wins for me throughout the season as I learned and spent more time with my players. They are remarkable people.”

The Lady Wolverines will lose three seniors in Tylieah Smith, Diamond Smith and Ronda Simmons. Tylieah and Diamond were recently named to the region V all-region team. Tylieah scored 29 points in Woodland’s play-off win over Burke.

 Diamond and Simmons are two well rounded players who have made plays on both ends of the floor. Diamond can take the ball to hole and handle contact well to get her shot off.

Also making All-Region was junior Kimani Green. Green was also recently named to the SCBA AA All-State team. She is an excellent ball handler who can score from anywhere on the court and is one of the best defenders.

Junior forward Tyleah Moorer will be back and she will be counted on to be one of the team’s leaders next season.

Also returning and providing a lift off the bench will be freshman shooting guard Kaleshia Green, JaNyah Stokes and two eighth graders Kah'Liyah Geddis and Zania Garvin.

My young 8th graders had to step in when we needed them too and they played above their age,” coach Washington said.

 

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